Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780226126173 Will Publish May 2014
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780226126203 Will Publish May 2014
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Iberian Imperialism and Language Evolution in Latin America

Edited by Salikoko S. Mufwene

Edited by Salikoko S. Mufwene

368 pages | 7 halftones, 3 line drawings, 27 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780226126173 Will Publish May 2014
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780226126203 Will Publish May 2014
E-book $7.00 to $32.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226125671 Published May 2014
As rich as the development of the Spanish and Portuguese languages has been in Latin America, no single book has attempted to chart their complex history. Gathering essays by sociohistorical linguists working across the region, Salikoko S. Mufwene does just that in this book. Exploring the many different contact points between Iberian colonialism and indigenous cultures, the contributors identify the crucial parameters of language evolution that have led to today’s state of linguistic diversity in Latin America.
           
The essays approach language development through an ecological lens, exploring the effects of politics, economics, cultural contact, and natural resources on the indigenization of Spanish and Portuguese in a variety of local settings. They show how languages adapt to new environments, peoples, and practices, and the ramifications of this for the spread of colonial languages, the loss or survival of indigenous ones, and the way hybrid vernaculars get situated in larger political and cultural forces. The result is a sophisticated look at language as a natural phenomenon, one that meets a host of influences with remarkable plasticity.  
Anna María Escobar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Together the chapters in this book give a well thought-out overview of the complexity of the social ecologies and linguistic development within Latin America, of the differences between the Portuguese and the Spanish empires, and of those within the Spanish viceroyalties. With this volume, Salikoko S. Mufwene brings to English-language readers the missing piece in the discussion of language ecologies in excolonial regions.”
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